So I'm at the stage where I'm going through the proofs for City of Glass, which means a giant stack of paper is sitting on the table in front of me, getting in Sarah's way, and I keep cursing, which probably annoys Robin and Maureen. The proof stage is my last chance to change anything in City of Glass, and it's also, sadly, the version of the book which goes into the ARC, which makes me sad because I've already discovered a million errors. Some of these are the kind only I will notice, but others are of the kind in which, say, one chapter title is mispelled and another repeats, twice, so that three chapters appear to be named the exact same thing, as if I had a great failure of imagination on the naming front and just decided to assume no one would notice. This makes me sad because if you know me you know I insanely enjoy naming things like chapters. It gives me a chance to use pretentious quotes from poetry that I love and have been saving up for such occasions. So since I had to make a list of the chapters and their titles in order so that I could properly correct the proof, I thought I'd post them below, along with their sources, whether it be poetry, a saying, or the text itself. Just for fun.
Chapter One: The Portal
Self-explanatory, especially if you've read the first chapter.
Chapter Two: The Demon Towers of Alicante
“Those are the demon towers,” Jace said, in response to Simon’s unasked question. “They control the wards that protect the city. Because of them, no demon can enter Alicante.”
Chapter Three: Amatis
In which we meet Amatis, a character mentioned once, briefly, in Ashes.
Chapter Four: Daylighter
Well, what else are you going to call a vampire who can walk around during the day?
Chapter Five: A Problem of Memory
In which the Inquisitor would like Simon to remember something that never actually happened.
Chapter Six: One of the Living
“A true vampire knows he is dead. He accepts his death. But you, you think you are still one of the living," said Raphael.
Chapter Seven: Bad Blood
"“Everyone seemed to blanch when your name came up earlier," said Sebastian. "I gathered there was some bad blood between your brother and you.”
Chapter Eight: Where Angels Fear to Tread
“Fools rush in/Where angels fear to tread” — Alexander Pope
Chapter Nine: This Guilty Blood
“I am ashamed/of these foul deeds;/Nor with this guilty blood/Sprinkled, would I pollute the innocent.” —Euripedes, Hercules
Chapter Ten: Fire and Sword
The noblest-born must abdicate;
The fairest, while with fire and sword
Come Spoilers--horde impelling horde.” — William Wordsworth
Chapter Eleven: All the Host of Hell
Milton. “the hollow abyss Heard far and wide, and all the host of hell With deafening shout returned them loud acclaim."
Chapter Twelve: De Profundis
De profundis: In Latin, "out of the depths.” Psalm 130 is known as "De Profundis;" it begins "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord."
Chapter Thirteen: Where There is Sorrow
Oscar Wilde. “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.”
Chapter Fourteen: In the Dark Forest
Reference to the beginning of Dante’s Inferno. “I found myself within a forest dark” — the narrator, Dante, wanders in a dark forest of confusion and grief.
Chapter Fifteen: Things Fall Apart
Yeats’s famous poem “The Second Coming” : “Things fall apart/The center cannot hold”
Chapter Sixteen: Articles of Faith
Articles of faith is a general expression for statements of faith-belief all across Christianity and other religions. The Nicene Creed ("Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorum coeli et terrae") is an article of faith.
Chapter Seventeen: The Shadowhunter's Tale
This mirrors The Werewolf’s Tale in book one.
Chapter Eighteen: Hail and Farewell
From a poem by Catullus. Ave Atque Vale, means hail and farewell. Shadowhunters say it when someone dies in battle.
Chapter Nineteen: Peniel
Peniel is where Jacob wrestled the angel in the Bible.
Chapter Twenty: Weighed in the Balance
“Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin” : “You are weighed in the balance, and found wanting.” From the book of Daniel.
Epilogue: Across the Sky in Stars
TE Lawrence: “Because I loved you, I took these tides of men into my hands, and wrote my will across the sky in stars.”